Our hike also was to include searching for additional evidence of the early charcoal manufacturing activities wherever the tramway path crossed nearby. All artifacts were left where we found them. The terrain would vary from canyon floors to scree and tree covered hillsides.
As we hiked along we spotted numerous sawn off tree stumps, a number of which may have been cut when snow was there. The height of the stumps above ground level was one of the clues. In one canyon we found what appeared to be part of a sledge for dragging across the canyon floor to create rough road. Just our guess for now. Someone else was interested enough to have dug at the bushes and dirt that had covered over the steel beams.
Remains of a fireplace for a cabin?
Metal artifacts and broken bottles were abundant
High above us the tramway towers provided landmarks to urge us forward.
Here is Bill with a salt "bucket" that we found at the bottom of the canyon.
Here are Alan and Linus disappearing over the crest of the hill above Bill and I
This slightly damaged bottle still had some sort of sludge in it. No one wanted to give it a taste!
Here is a view back to a crossover station between us and the Tramkeeper's Cabin.
And to the west a steady column of towers marching across the arid flanks of the Inyos.